Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 14
Summary: “At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain…. Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I didn’t really expect to like this book as much as I did, but I gave it five stars (and that’s the first book of the year that I’ve rated five stars)! I borrowed this book from my friend after seeing it at Barnes and Noble trip after trip and never purchasing it. The world-building is beautiful and the characters are well-developed. Every part of this book was thought-out very well and extremely creative. I loved the premise of this book so much. I found the idea of having the zodiac signs as different planets a unique idea that was executed really well. Somehow, Romina Russell managed to write Zodiac in present-tense and still write it well. It’s one of the few present-tense books I have enjoyed. Russell is definitely a talented author and I appreciate that.
However, I wasn’t appreciative of the love triangle. Why? Why? Why? Love triangle’s are purposeless. While I found the one in Zodiac completely unnecessary, I still loved the book enough to give it five stars. The world-building and creative plot made up for the terrible love triangle.
Given I rated this five stars, I definitely recommend it! I’m super excited to read the rest of the series. The title of the last book was announced today, it’s Black Moon. I still need to read the second book, Wandering Sea and I hope it lives up to my expectations!